NEW YORK, February 17, 2015 - President of the Asia Society Policy Institute Kevin Rudd is joined by journalist Charlie Rose for a talk on the future of Asia, China, and the world in which Rudd offers his perspectives on how Asian countries and leaders can confront common challenges. (1 hr., 20 min.)
Charlie Rose is executive editor and anchor of “Charlie Rose,” the nightly one-hour interview program that engages in one-on-one in-depth conversation and roundtable discussions about important issues and ideas of our time. He is co-anchor of the daily morning television program “CBS This Morning” and also a contributing correspondent to the CBS news program “60 Minutes.” Since 1991, Rose has done more in-depth hours with Nobel laureates and extraordinary men and women of science, politics, art, business, sports, technology, literature, and entertainment than any other program in the world. These conversations have made Rose the cultural and intellectual custodian of our time, providing accessible profiles of the people who have influenced our world. Rose is the recipient of the Legion d’honneur, numerous awards from the scientific and journalism communities, and many honorary degrees.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
Kevin Rudd served as Australia's 26th prime minister (2007-10, 2013) and foreign minister (2010-12). In addition to leading many global and regional foreign-policy initiatives, he was a driving force in expanding the East Asia Summit to include both the U.S. and Russia. In January 2015, Rudd became the inaugural president of the Asia Society Policy Institute, a "think-do tank" dedicated to using second-track diplomacy to assist governments and businesses in resolving policy challenges within Asia, and between Asia and the West. He is chair of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism, a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he completed a major policy paper U.S.-China 21: The Future of U.S.-China Relations Under Xi Jinping, a visiting professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, and co-chair of the World Economic Forum's China Council. He also established the Asia Pacific Community Foundation to promote the cause of regional economic, security, and environmental collaboration.
Josette Sheeran is the eleventh Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). She was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General Jacques Diouf in November 2006, and began her tenure April 2007. Prior to this post, she served as the United States Under Secretary for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs in the State Department since August 2005.